FAQ

General

What is CodeUp?

CodeUp will create an open, friendly and supportive learning environment where any adult can attain new digital skills for zero financial cost. To do this, we support a nationwide network of volunteers who run free coding clubs for adults.

CodeUp was founded in 2015, and is a volunteer run International organisation.

How does it work?

CodeUp operates a casual model of support. We do not restrict what attendees can come and ask for help with, as long as it is linked to coding

  • If you would like to organise a CodeUp branch in your area, you can apply here
  • If you would like to volunteer to mentor at your local branch, you can apply here
  • If you would like to attend a local CodeUp session, you can find a list of all our current branches here.

How do I know how to run a Code Club?

We provide manuals for our volunteers which covers all you need to know, including the practicalities of running a club, and resource materials for helping people learn how to code.

We can also arrange for in-person training for new branches, if you would like this, please contact codeupuk@gmail.com

In the CodeUp sessions themselves, we recommend you use a combination of our online workshops and other free learning platforms such as Codecademy and Free Code Camp.

How long does it take to run a CodeUp?

CodeUps are usually two hours long and happen once a month.

What equipment do I need to run a CodeUp?

All you would need for your branch is access to PCs or laptops and wifi. Many CodeUp branches are not held in computer labs, but instead request that attendees bring their own laptops with them.

Can I visit a branch before I start?

Yes, we highly recommend you attend a session from an established branch before organising your own. If you contact us on codeupuk@gmail.com we can recommend a suitable branch for you to visit.

How much does CodeUp cost?

All of our materials and resources available for free and our volunteers give their time for free too. Hooray!

For this reason, we ask that attendees are not charged to attend CodeUp sessions. This is part of our commitment to offer all adults the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Where can I get support?

You can get in touch with us at codeupuk@gmail.com – we love to chat!

Can I donate to Code Club?

Yes! We rely heavily on donations to continue growing and being able to teach as many people as possible to code. You can donate to us online here

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For Organisers

If you would like to organise a CodeUp branch, full information can be found here

What’s the time commitment involved in running a CodeUp branch?

To be an organiser you will need to have time to go to the venue each month for the regular session (which usually lasts two hours) and to make sure things are prepared beforehand.

Scheduling a session on Meetup can be done in a few minutes, and just needs to be done once a month. In addition to this you’ll need to monitor the branch email address and maybe also do some promotion, which you can do in small chunks a couple of times a week.

We think a sensible minimum commitment would be to run a club for 12 months, to give people a chance to really get stuck in with coding, but we hope that you will love CodeUp so much that you’ll run your club for ages and ages 🙂

What do I need to know to be able to run a CodeUp branch?

The main thing a good CodeUp organiser should have is enthusiasm. We don’t ask for any formal qualification or evidence of your coding ability. In fact, you don’t need to be able to code at all!

You can find all the information you need in order to organise a CodeUp in our Organiser Manual.

Most of our clubs start off using free online resources such as Codecademy and Free Code Camp.

How do I apply to organise a CodeUp branch?

Once you’ve had a look at our Organiser Manual, and feel ready to go ahead, you can apply to become a CodeUp branch here.

Do I need insurance?

As a volunteer, you should be covered by the venue’s Public Liability Insurance. So it’s worth checking that your venue has public liability insurance to cover events held in the space.

How long are sessions?

CodeUp sessions are intended to last about two hours and happen once a month.

Can I organise more than one branch?

Absolutely!

Do you screen mentors?

We don’t interview or screen volunteers ourselves. It’s the responsibility of the organiser to arrange a meeting with a potential mentor and decide if they will be a good fit. Meeting face to face also provides an opportunity for the mentor to find out more about CodeUp and decide if they want to get involved too!

What do I do if my branch is no longer running?

If your branch is no longer running, please drop us a line at codeupuk@gmail.com to have the branch closed down on Meetup and on our website.

Can I adapt or alter the CodeUp logo for my branch?

We sometimes get requests from organisers who would like to adapt the CodeUp logo to make it specific to their branch.

CodeUp is now growing larger, so we have had to make some choices about how to manage the use of the CodeUp logo. We therefore kindly request that our volunteers do not adapt or alter the CodeUp logo by adding background images or text or anything else to customise it.

If you have any questions about using the CodeUp logo, please do get in touch

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For Mentors

If you would like to be a mentor at a CodeUp branch, you can apply here

What’s the time commitment involved in running a CodeUp branch?

To be a mentor you will need to have time to go to the venue for the regular session (which usually lasts two hours). You are not expected to attend every single session at your local branch. We understand that people have other commitments, and appreciate any time that can be spared to get involved and help out. We only request that you RSVP on Meetup for each month you can attend, so that the organiser can know how many mentors to expect for each session.

What do I need to know to be able to mentor at a CodeUp branch?

The main thing a good CodeUp mentor should have is enthusiasm. We don’t ask for any formal qualification or evidence of your coding ability.

As most of our attendees are complete beginners, any knowledge of programming is helpful, and you should find that you can often provide support to beginners even if they’re not learning a language you usually use.

How do I apply to be a CodeUp mentor?

You can apply to become a CodeUp mentor here.

Do I need insurance?

As a volunteer, you should be covered by the venue’s Public Liability Insurance. So it’s worth checking that your venue has public liability insurance to cover events held in the space.

How long are sessions?

CodeUp sessions are intended to last about two hours and happen once a month.

Can I mentor at more than one branch?

Absolutely!

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For Attendees

Is there a CodeUp near me?

There’s a map where you can see all CodeUp branches that are currently running.

Do you have a Code of Conduct?

Yes, you can read it here

Can I use CodeUp resources at home?

Of course! Not everyone can make it to a CodeUp branch, you’re more than welcome to use any of our resources at home, it’s just handy to attend a session if you get stuck.

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About our Resources

Who can use the CodeUp resources?

All our resources are published under a creative commons licence, so you are free to use, tweak and build upon our resources non-commercially, as long as credit to the original source is given.

Where can I access CodeUp Resources?

You can find all our resources here.

If your CodeUp branch has stopped running, please email codeupuk@gmail.com with the name of your branch.